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What It's Like Living With An Invisible Illness: Fibromyalgia

Tuesday 5 November 2019


From New Zealand news outlet Now To Love:


Liza Young and partner

What it's like living with an invisible illness: Fibromyalgia

''I've been on everything from codeine to methadone and gabapentin to try to help the pain, but there's nothing more they can do.''

By Cloe Willetts
November 2, 2019
© 2019 a Reach plc subsidiary.

You might see Liza Young outside the supermarket, holding a bag of dinner ingredients with two energetic young kids in tow.

You'll notice her bright blue hair and vibrant vintage clothing, but what you won't see is her agony.

For most of her life, Liza has lived with chronic widespread pain, which at times makes a short walk from a shop to her car unbearable. But what's worse, Liza will tell you, is that her suffering is invisible.

Ten years ago, Liza was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a condition that affects the nervous system and causes chronic muscle and joint pain. Despite one in 50 people having the illness – mostly women – she says it's still rarely recognised in the health industry.


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